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    Can anyone help verify my CELTA application please?

    Hello, I'm trying to fill out an application for a CELTA course and I just wanted to check that I had answered my questions correctly and if I could improve them in any way. Theres a couple of small parts of questions i cant answer, I've put them in red.

    Language Correction

    underline the mistake and state what type of mistake it is
    write the correct version and name the part of speech or grammatical form
    explain briefly why the corrected version is preferable


    1. I need some advices

    - Grammatical error
    - I need some advice
    - 'advice' is both plural and singular.

    2. I am watching TV every night.

    - Grammatical error
    - I watch TV every night
    - The wrong tense has been used 'I am watching TV every night' is present tense whereas 'I watch TV every night' is present continuous.

    3. Person A:Have you see John Recently?
    Person B: Yes, I have seen him last week.


    - Grammatical error
    - I saw him last week.
    - The wrong tense has been used 'I have seen him last week' is past continuous, however, 'I saw him last week.' is in the past tense.

    4. Person A: Morning, mate. What can i get you?
    Person B: I wonder if you would mind giving me a packet of Benson and Hedges.


    - Error in style
    - I would like a packet of Benson and Hedges.
    - The original reply is too formal, the use of both 'if you' and ' would mind giving me' are unnecessary.

    5. I not come to college everyday. I only come on Mondays and Fridays.

    - Grammatical error
    - I don't attend college everyday, only on Mondays and Fridays
    - 'I not come to college everyday' does not make sense, the word 'not' is a negative word whereas 'come' is a positive word. Therefore it is still a negative and so don't should be used instead.

    Approaches to Teaching and Learning

    What problems might your students have in understanding and pronouncing these sentences?

    1. I've got a new watch.

    Understanding - Watch can have two meanings
    Pronouncing - Because new ends with a 'w' and watch starts with a 'w' the sound blurs.

    2. I've got a brother.

    Understanding - Im unsure on this.
    Pronouncing - brother isn't pronounced phonetically and sounds like 'bruther'

    3 I've got a stomach-ache

    Understanding - 'stomach-ache' would have to be explained as indigestion would be a better word.
    Pronouncing - The last syllable of stomach is the same sound as ache.

    Outline how you could teach these

    I'm not very good at working out how to teach things well, any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Learning English

    Students generally have a number of problems learning English. Outline the three major problems of Grammar, Pronunciation and Vocabulary.

    Grammar

    - Different tenses
    - Singular and Plural words
    - Homophones

    Pronunciation

    - Sound of letters
    - Silent letters in words
    - Words such as telephone with two letters together that make a different sound, 'ph' makes a 'f' sound.

    Vocabulary

    - Students may not know the right word but one that is synonymous
    - Small vocabulary
    - Couldnt think of a last one

    Thank you so much for anyone that reads through this. It would be a great help as i really want to get onto this course!!

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    Re: Can anyone help verify my CELTA application please?

    The course providers are interested in what you know, and don't know. It is in your own interest to complete the application yourself - unaided, unless you have been told that you may refer to grammar books.

    Don't worry if you don't give perfect answers. If you did, you probably wouldn't need the course.
    Last edited by 5jj; 02-Jun-2011 at 20:13. Reason: typo

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    Re: Can anyone help verify my CELTA application please?

    It says you may refer to grammar and usage books. I have on a couple of the questions. I just was just interested if what I thought i knew was correct, if not I'll have to read up some more.

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